Trust Exercise by Susan Choi audiobook

Trust Exercise: A Novel

By Susan Choi
Read by Adina Verson , Jennifer Lim , and Suehyla El-Attar

Macmillan Audio
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WINNER OF THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION “Electrifying” (People)“Masterly” (The Guardian)“Dramatic and memorable” (The New Yorker)“Magic” (TIME)Ingenious” (The Financial Times)"A gonzo literary performance” (Entertainment Weekly)“Rare and splendid” (The Boston Globe)“Remarkable” (USA Today)“Delicious” (The New York Times)“Book groups, meet your next selection" (NPR) In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving “Brotherhood of the Arts,” two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed—or untoyed with—by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley. The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school’s walls—until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true—though it’s not false, either. It takes until the book’s stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place—revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence. As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties, and will leave listeners with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction

A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year

An Entertainment Weekly Best Book of the Year

A Washington Post Best Book of the Year selecgtion

An Atlantic Best Book of 2019

A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year

An Elle Magazine Pick of 2019's Best Books

A Chicago Tribune Best Book of 2019

Vanity Fair Magazine Pick of Best Books of 2019

A Marie Claire Magazine Pick of the Year

A 2019 Cosmopolitan Best Book

Among longlisted titles for Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year, 2019

Among longlisted titles for New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year, 2019

Among shortlisted titles for National Book Awards - Finalist, 2019

Winner of National Book Awards - Winner, 2019

Among longlisted titles for NYPL Book for Reading and Sharing, 2019

Among longlisted titles for Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year, 2019

Among longlisted titles for New York Magazine Best Books of the Year, 2019

Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2019

Among longlisted titles for New Yorker Best Books of the Year, 2019

Among longlisted titles for Time Magazine Top 10 Books of the Year, 2019

Among longlisted titles for Hudson Booksellers Best of the Year, 2019

Among longlisted titles for Shelf Awareness Best Books of the Year, 2019

Among longlisted titles for Slate Book Review Best Books of the Year, 2019

WINNER OF THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION

“Electrifying” (People)“Masterly” (The Guardian)“Dramatic and memorable” (The New Yorker)“Magic” (TIME)Ingenious” (The Financial Times)"A gonzo literary performance” (Entertainment Weekly)“Rare and splendid” (The Boston Globe)“Remarkable” (USA Today)“Delicious” (The New York Times)“Book groups, meet your next selection" (NPR)

In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving “Brotherhood of the Arts,” two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed—or untoyed with—by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley.

The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school’s walls—until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true—though it’s not false, either. It takes until the book’s stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place—revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence.

As captivating and tender as it is surprising, Trust Exercise will incite heated conversations about fiction and truth, and about friendships and loyalties, and will leave listeners with wiser understandings of the true capacities of adolescents and of the powers and responsibilities of adults.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A brilliant and challenging novel, an uncanny evocation of the not-so-distant past that turns into a meditation on the slipperiness of memory and the ethics of storytelling.” Tom Perrotta, New York Times bestselling author
“Electrifying… [A] story that cuts to the heart of gender politics and the teacher-student dynamic.” People
“A gonzo literary performance one could mistake for a magic trick, duping its readers with glee before leaving them impossibly moved.” Entertainment Weekly
“The writing (exquisite) and the observations (cuttingly accurate) make Choi’s latest both wrenching and one-of-a-kind. Never sentimental; always thrillingly alive.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Choi’s superb, powerful fifth novel marries exquisite craft with topical urgency…Timeless and resonant.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Susan Choi

Author Bio: Susan Choi

Susan Choi is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Trust Exercise, which won the National Book Award. Her work has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award and winner of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award and the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 9.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English